Manchester City’s pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer shows Pep Guardiola could be willing to change his style, amid fresh links with Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Before his eventual move to former club and City’s local rivals Manchester United, Ronaldo was reportedly close to joining Guardiola at the Etihad.
Many were sceptical about the deal – partly because he’d be joining United‘s rivals – but also because he doesn’t necessarily fit the sort of No.9 that Guardiola usually likes to play with.
However, the fact he is said to have made a move to sign the Portuguese icon could imply that he is willing to adapt – because Haaland doesn’t fit the bill either.
The Norwegian, who already has seven goals in five games this season, is available for £64million when a release clause in his contract becomes active.
And, after losing Sergio Aguero to Barcelona earlier this year, the current Premier League champions are on the hunt for a new striker.
Guardiola has used various midfielders as a ‘false nine’ so far this campaign but, if the Spaniard decides he wants an out-and-out centre-forward next season, European football expert Lars Sivertsen sees the sense behind a move for Haaland.
“There’s a lot of logic in a potential move to Man City. They have the money,” he told talkSPORT.
“They have what they always refer to as ‘the sporting project’, which means they are a club who you can reasonably expect to be in a position to win a lot of trophies.
“They’re also a club who needs him – they need a centre-forward so it makes an awful lot of sense, even if he is not immediately a Pep Guardiola-type player, in what we can traditionally think of as the type of players that Guardiola likes to work with.
“Word is that they’d seriously considered signing Cristiano Ronaldo. So maybe Pep Guardiola is open to working with slightly different types of players than what he’s done historically.”
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